Ah, the winter break is at an end, a new year has started, and it’s back to the old grind. While my friends and cohorts here at GameZombie.tv have whisked themselves away to the Consumer Electronics Show in the warm Las Vegas desert, I have been left cold and alone around the “office.” A lone Board Game Guy has no interest in h, i, or jPads nor in Razer’s new Switchblade, or at least so I am told. Never mind the fact that one can get Days of Wonder’s Small World on iPad…grumble grumble. No matter, I shall suffer on and on and on.
This is not to say that Outside the Box shall languish in the foibles of last year! Oh no. We have a great line-up of new reviews and ventures for 2011. Resolutions even.
In the up coming weeks I should be getting demo/review copies of a number of wonderful games. Games like Z-Man’s new pirate board game Merchants and Marauders as well as their hotly anticipated minis game Earth Reborn. We will be receiving several review copies from sources deep within Days of Wonder as well. So, you know, look forward to that.
Also on the horizon is the release of the next Magic expansion: Mirrodin Besieged. I might relive my experience at the Scars prerelease by going to another official event/tourney. I would like to go to more tournaments this year and report on those too. Perhaps I’ll visit the local Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, and Blood Bowl scenes. Maybe I’ll just finally see what’s up with HeroClix. Either way, be on the look out for more front-line reporting, for what that’s worth.
I will be looking to get back to my Mahjong roots this year as well. No, not that lame tile matching game. I’m talking about the endless complexities of Japanese Mahjong. A game that smashes together the worst best characteristics of rummy and poker then combines them both with a scoring system that leaves the losers curled up weeping in the fetal position. It is possible, and likely, that I will venture to whip up some video tutorials on how to play this bizarrely addicting tile game.
Speaking of videos, I also hope to work with the GameZombie video staff to put together play-through videos. I’m sure the editors will just LOVE this idea. Or maybe, just maybe, we’ll get off the couch, head over to a table, and play some DnD, WoD, or some other RPG for your endless enjoyment and bemusement. It is also possible that all of this is just pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking, but a man can dream. A man can dream.
Of course, be on the lookout for more episodes of Outside the Box: PC Edition too. We should be coming to iTunes soon. However, that assumes I can code xml correctly, which I rather doubt.
All and all, if things look this bright and ambition for the Board Game Guy, then this year should look equally awesome for all Game Zombies everywhere. So, Happy New Year and be looking for all the great new features, columns, articles, podcasts, and videos GameZombie.tv has to offer in 2011!
P.S. That pic isn’t mine. It’s this dude’s. He made a great Imperial Guard diorama.